Crackerjack creates two new rich picture’s for UK’s Institute of Quarrying #visualthinking #communication #engagement www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

Crackerjack Visual Thinking has been working with the UK’s Institute of Quarrying (IQ) to create two rich pictures detailing the Lifecycle of a Quarry and the Quarrying process.

Sarah Fry, Business Development and Communications Manager at IQ explains more:

We wanted to show how quarrying impacts the environment in its day to day operations throughout the total lifecycle of the site as well as show the full range of career opportunities the industry offers.

The rich pictures had to be graphics that could take highly complex geological, engineering and business processes and present them in a way that anyone could understand and hopefully be inspired by. That was our brief to John Ashton at CrackerJack.

John then worked closely with us and our members to map the key process and information areas relevant to the messages we wanted to convey. Part of the process involved spending time onsite at a quarry so John really took the task on to understand our world.

John’s attention to detail shows in the resulting two graphics that have been extremely well received and we feel that together we have created a couple of assets that will work hard for us for a long long time.”

Here are the rich pictures created for the IQ (click to view full size versions):

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To find out more about rich pictures and how they could communicate key messages and ideas for your organisation in an engaging and impactful way, please CONTACT US to discuss your requirements.

Don’t take our word for it! Here’s the latest client feedback about working with Crackerjack Visual Thinking #engage #communicate #visualise

We’ve just received the following feedback from Chris Henderson, Founder of One Third More about the work we’ve recently undertaken for him:

“I commissioned John Ashton of Crackerjack Visual Thinking to create a rich picture and hand-drawn animation of the key themes I explore in my book ‘Jump!: Deliver astonishing results by unleashing your leadership team’. John worked with me to understand the key messages I wanted to communicate and developed a metaphor and storyboard that visualised the story I wanted to tell. The rich picture and animation are excellent and give me two valuable resources that I can share with clients, use in presentations and display on my website. I found working with John to be both thought provoking and supportive and look forward to working with him again on future projects.”

Chris Henderson | Founder of One Third More

Here’s the rich picture we created for Chris. Click on the image to see the hand-drawn animation:

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To find out more about our work, please contact us

The latest rich picture created by Crackerjack Visual Thinking #visualthinking #communicate #engage

Here’s the latest rich picture we have created for one of our clients.

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Chris Henderson of One Third More asked Crackerjack Visual Thinking to create rich picture that he could use in presentations to describe the key concepts and ideas contained in his latest book JUMP! (Delivering astonishing results by unleashing your leadership team).

We worked with Chris to develop the narrative he wanted to tell and then created a rich picture to support this. Unlike our normal stand-alone rich pictures, this image is designed to be used as part of a presentation or with a voiceover.

We are currently finalising the hand-drawn animated version of the rich picture for Chris to use during presentations as well as the version featuring a voiceover for use on his website. We will share these with via the blog shortly.

To find out more about rich pictures and how they could help you to tell your story, please CONTACT US or visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

 

Sneak peak of a work in progress rich picture! #visualthinking #engagement #ff

Happy Friday!

Thought you might like to have a sneak peak of a small bit of a rich picture I’m currently working on for a client. Very much work in progress!

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The client wants to have a rich picture they can use in several different ways to promote their work including as a takeaway at events, as a basis for an animation and as imagery to use on their website.

If you would like to discuss how we go about creating rich picture or any aspect of our visual thinking work, please contact us and visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

The important ART of conversation #communication #engagement

Have you ever had one of those conversations that doesn’t seem to go anywhere? You may have been talking for a long time with the other people involved in your conversation but feel like none of you are really understanding what the other is trying to say.

Sound familiar?

Whilst most of the time this lack of understanding is frustrating, it doesn’t necessarily have immediate serious consequences for organisations. Time wasted, frustration and inefficiency are often the product of these type of unresolved conversations – not desirable but often not enough on their own to cause fatal damage to an organisation.

However, imagine if this lack of understanding related to the vision of the organisation. People not being able to understand, discuss and share the organisations vision (its DNA) accurately and understand what they need to do to make the vision a reality could ultimately be fatal.

The result of not understanding the organisations vision could include:

  • The wrong critical decisions being made.
  • Confusing messages being communicated to the public/customers.
  • Lack of engagement amongst employees.
  • Internal conflicts caused by differing views of what the organisations vision actually means and how it should be implemented.

So, how can people be helped to have the right conversations to enable them to fully understand an organisations vision (or indeed any other important information that needs to be communicated consistently and accurately)?

A visual representation of an organisations vision in the form of a rich picture provides a single-page engaging view of what can often be a complex story.

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A rich picture created to communicate the vision of Solent NHS Trust

By showing the various elements of the vision and how they relate to each other in the form of a rich picture provides the following benefits:

  • Images (combined with the economical use of key words and phrases) enable your brain to process information more effectively and make linkages between ideas and concepts more easily.

  • Rich pictures by their nature are engaging. Initially people want to look at the picture and then they start wanting to read the detail. Not necessarily what happens when people are presented with a large PowerPoint deck or a lengthy report!

  • Rich pictures are accessible to all people at all levels in an organisation. They are designed to work for everyone regardless of role, length of service or seniority.

  • People can gather around a picture together (whether it’s in the form of a large poster, displayed on screen or used in a virtual meeting) and discuss what they are seeing. This process enables people to check and challenge their own perceptions of what the rich picture is communicating as well as beginning conversations about what the vision means in reality for them as an individual/team/organisation.

  • The rich picture creates a new common way of discussing the organisations vision (e.g. “You know the bit of the vision represented by the rocket ship…” etc). It is not uncommon for people to go into meetings with a copy of a rich picture for reference during meetings or events!

Of course, the whole process of using a rich picture needs to be well-managed and time needs to be made to allow people to review the rich picture both individually and as a team.

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A rich picture created for the Institute of Asphalt Technology

It’s also important to remember that a rich picture is not just a one-hit wonder. The rich picture will continue to provide a valuable method of discussing an organisations vision for the lifetime of the vision itself. And if required, rich pictures can be updated easily to reflect changes as they happen.

In summary, art (in the form of a rich picture) can play a hugely important role in helping organisations enable their people to understand, discuss and engage with their vision. This understanding, discussion and engagement with the organisational vision is critical. A well-designed rich picture could therefore be the artistic key to success for many organisations.

To find out more about rich pictures and visual thinking, please contact us, call +44 (0)775 282 6227 or visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

Helping the NHS transform using visual thinking #engage #communicate #NHS

In the news the NHS is never far from the headlines. ‘7 Day Working’, ‘Improving Quality’, ‘Focussing on Prevention’ and ‘Better Use of Technology’ are often mentioned and form key parts of the NHS 5 Year Forward View. This builds upon 15 years of improvement in the NHS and provides a broad consensus on what a better future for the NHS should be.

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Over the last couple of years Crackerjack has been working with a number of NHS Foundation Trusts (Oxford Health Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) as they work on finding ways to implement the ideas and initiatives contained in the 5 Year Forward View. It’s pleasing to see that visual thinking approaches are playing a part in helping NHS Foundation Trusts in this important work. We’ve been involved in the following work to date:

  • Designing and developing an interactive on-line ‘Improvement Guide’ for Oxford Health Foundation Trust.
  • Creating a rich picture showing Solent NHS Foundation Trusts new vision.
  • Designing and creating an interactive on-line ‘7 Day Services Guide’ for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Graphic recording a number of strategy and engagement events for both Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Designing a graphically facilitated ‘Making Every Contact Count’ engagement session for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Running a graphic skills workshop for the Oxford Health Improvement and Innovation Team.
  • Designing and creating an interactive on-line ‘Oxford Quality Improvement Toolkit’ for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The tools and approaches we’ve created all have a single goal: to engage people and provide them with the information they need in the most accessible, informative and relevant way possible. Using visual thinking principles in all of our work enables Crackerjack to achieve this goal.

To find out more about how Crackerjack could help you engage and communicate with you people more effectively (whether you work in the NHS or in another sector), please contact us, call +44 (0)775 282 6227 or visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

Great client feedback for Crackerjack #visualthinking

Crackerjack Visual Thinking is very pleased to be able to share this feedback received from Geraldine Walsh, President of the Institute of Asphalt Technology:

“John of Crackerjack Visual Thinking was employed by the Institute of Asphalt Technology to create both a rich picture of our new vision and a graphic recording of our 50thanniversary conference. It is evident from the quality of his work that he has a true talent not only in terms of creating the actual artwork itself but also in terms of listening, understanding and interpreting our requirements. His work is outstanding on many levels. Never before have I received such positive commentary on any project.  Thank you John – it was a pleasure to work with you.”

Here’s what we created for Geraldine:

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Institute of Asphalt 5 Year Vision Rich Picture
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Institute of Asphalt Technology 50th Anniversary Conference Graphic Recording

To find out more about the work of Crackerjack Visual Thinking, please contact us or visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

Creating a rich picture of the Institute of Asphalt Technology’s new 5 year vision #visualthinking

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Recently, Crackerjack Visual Thinking has been working with the Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT) to visualise their new 5 year vision. The aim of the project was to create a rich picture that engages, informs and drives conversation about the IATs new vision amongst its members, other institutes and the wider industry. To create the rich picture (shown above), we used the following process:

STEP 1: We reviewed a written version of the vision consisting of a number of bullet points against each of the key elements of the new vision. We then asked clarifying questions to ensure we fully understood the new vision and how it would be used by the IAT.

STEP 2: We created an initial version of the vision rich picture and then worked closely with key stakeholders from the IAT (including its President Geraldine Walsh) to further develop the graphic.

STEP 3: The IAT vision rich picture was then shared with the IAT Executive Committee for approval. We were very pleased to hear that the committee were extremely positive in their comments about the rich picture and only minor amendments were required before the rich picture was officially signed-off.

STEP 4: The new IAT vision rich picture was launched at the IATs 50th Anniversary Conference which took place in June 2016. Crackerjack also provided live-scribing/graphic recording on the day of the conference to capture key themes and outputs from the event as they happened:

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The IAT vision rich picture will now be shared both electronically and in printed format in IAT publications. It will form the basis of discussions about what the IAT does, what the result of its strategy will be and the impact this will have in the wider world.

After the conference Geraldine Walsh, President of the IAT provided the following feedback:

“John of Crackerjack Visual Thinking was employed by the Institute of Asphalt Technology to create both a rich picture of our new vision and a graphic recording of our 50thanniversary conference. It is evident from the quality of his work that he has a true talent not only in terms of creating  the actual artwork itself but also in terms of listening, understanding and interpreting our requirements. His work is outstanding on many levels. Never before have I received such positive commentary on any project.  Thank you John – it was a pleasure to work with you.”

We were extremely pleased to have this testimonial from Geraldine about our work.

To find out more about the work of Crackerjack Visual Thinking, please contact us or visit www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

Woodland Trust 10 Year Vision Rich Picture Update

As promised a couple of weeks ago, here’s a quick update on the rich picture I’m creating to help communicate the Woodland Trusts new 10 Year Vision.

After reviewing all the available reports, documentation and presentations relating to the new 10 year vision and meeting with a number of key stakeholders involved in the work, I created version 1 of the rich picture. I then ‘pressure tested’ this with a cross-section of people across the organisation (including the CEO and other representatives from the various parts of the Woodland Trust).

I’m now in the process of using the feedback from the pressure testing session and other additional feedback to create the final version of the 10 year vision. Here are a few teaser images from the rich picture:

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I’ll provide a further update in a few days when the rich picture is completed.

#woodlandtrust #richpicture #visualthinking #communication #engagement #vision